May 30

Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Backs Gun Safety Laws

Right now, the lawsuit brought by some Colorado Sheriffs is getting a lot of attention in the media. El Paso County Sheriff Maketa, in particular, has been using the lawsuit to keep himself front and center on Colorado Springs and Denver TV channels. The sheriffs bringing the lawsuit imply they are speaking for all of Colorado’s law-enforcement community, but is there really a consensus in law enforcement to try to undo the gun safety laws recently passed that eliminate loopholes in the background check law and prohibit magazines that hold more than 15 rounds?

Well, as it turns out, the answer to this question is no. The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police has taken the opposite position, and supports both gun safety bills. In fact, these laws were written with input from the CACP.

Broomfield Chief of Police Thomas Deland commented to CBS Denver Channel 4 that “background checks do the most that we can possible do at that stage to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.” In regards to the limit on magazine size, Chief Deland points out that this law helps keep police officers safe. Since one in five officer-involved shootings involves a high-capacity magazine, limiting the size of these magazines will reduce the fire-power directed at police officers on the street. For an example of what Colorado police officers face in the course of their duties, see this story about a Longmont man who opened fire on a police officer who stopped him for driving without headlights. It’s hard to imagine how any Sheriff could make this kind of attack on an officer potentially more deadly by making it easier to get a magazine that holds more than 15 rounds.